The Siberian is the native forest cat of Russia. They are similar to other native forest cats, the Maine Coon and Norwegian Forest cat. All come from a cold climate and have similar features but differ in bone and facial structure.
Beginning in 1990 the first Siberians were imported from Russia to the United States. Since that time they have become popular due to their wonderful personality and low allergenic properties. The personality of the Siberian can be called "dog-like" or social butterfly. They enjoy being with people. When strangers come to visit the home of a Siberian, they are greeted with a head-butt and purr instead of hiding under the bed.
The coat of a Siberian is easy to care for. Mother nature created these cats to survive in the wilds of Siberia without the intervention of people. Siberians like the attention of grooming and a quick comb-out once a week keeps their coats in great condition. Many Siberians have low levels of a protein in their saliva that cause the allergic reaction in some people. This allows many Siberians to live in homes where people thought they could never own a cat, let alone a long haired cat. Cats can be tested to determine their allergen level of the Fel d 1 protein with saliva or fur samples.
Living with a cat, especially a Siberian cat, is a special treat. Cats are easy to keep as pets as long as you care for them properly and you will be rewarded with many years of friendship.
Keeping cats indoors is a simple way to keep a cat safe from harm. The lives of indoor cats can be just as enriching as an outdoor cat without the risks of being outside. Cat trees of carpet or sisal are wonderful to allow cats to climb high and mark their territory. Toys, such as feather teasers, allow for energy release and play directly with their persons. Siberians can be trained to walk on a leash and play games like fetch. Aquariums or bird and squirrel feeders outside windows are wonderful entertainment tools for cats. Regular veterinary checks ensure your feline companion is healthy. Keeping these details in mind will give you and your cat happiness for a lifetime of adventures.
There are some health concerns for Siberian Cats. Be sure your breeder does regular cardiac ultrasounds to check for the disease Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) as well as ultrasounds or genetic testing for the kidney disease Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Be sure you get a Health guarantee when you purchase your kitten to ensure it will be healthy for years to come.
Kotchera Siberians started in 2003 when I met my first Siberian - Transsiberie's Lunar Attack. His rugged good looks and endearing personality won me over to the breed. My cats are registered in CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) and TICA (The International Cat Association). I have participated with CFA as a member of the Siberian Breed Council since 2006. I enjoy living with the cats so we maintain a small hobby cattery on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. I breed the females only once every 12-18 months so they have plenty of time to recover between litters. This makes for healthy, happy babies when mom is happy and healthy too. Kittens are placed when they are at least 4 month's of age and have completed all first year vaccines, spay/neuter surgery, and micorchipping. Contact me with any questions you have.